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Penny Grubb - crime writer
Crime writer, academic, authors' rights champion
Crime writer, academic, authors' rights champion


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International best-sellerdom via an unconventional route
My interviewee, Susan Alison, is an artist and author whose
first novel, White Lies and Custard Creams shot to the top of the best-seller
lists in 2011 and stayed there for weeks. Amazon used a picture of it in their
online charts in a promotion to sell Kin...

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How to be a Fantastic Writer
How to be a Fantastic Writer is the expanded second edition
of The Writers’ Toolkit that is the book recommended for authors and would-be
authors of commercial fiction by the editorial team at Fantastic Books Publishing .
  The book is co-authored by Hornse...

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With Criminal Intent
My interviewee today is Danuta Reah with whom I co-authored
The Writers’ Toolkit several years ago. I mention that just so I can flag that Fantastic Books ’ editors took it up as their recommended text, badgered us into an expanded
second edition called How...

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When romance spells trouble
Rhoda Baxter is the first of two interviewees who writes in
one of the world’s biggest and most popular genres. In Rhoda’s case, it’s
romance. Her fifth book, Girl in Trouble , is just out and I
wonder if she considers her work part of a sub-genre or does s...

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Hornsea Writers welcome three new members
The Hornsea Writers have welcomed
three new members this year, Elaine Hemingway, Joy Gelsthorpe and Shellie
Horst. Elaine has a long and varied writing CV and is currently
working on an epic Midrashim – CLICK HERE   to learn more. Joy is writing a series of...

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All things Skiffy but drawing the line at Grimdark
Shellie Horst is hard to pigeonhole in terms of what she
writes because she covers such a range – Sci-Fi, fantasy, advertising copy, articles, blog posts, reviews, Minecraft projects,
interactive narratives ... I could go on but my head is beginning to spin...

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From old records to human stories
When writer Joy Gelsthorpe decided to do some family
research, it was not with the intention of becoming a novelist. However, as she
looked into the Parish Records of the village of Reighton on the East Yorkshire
intriguing facts began to emerge that...

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QUOTE: "A shame to scupper it all with a series of own goals but that - to push a mixed metaphor to its limit - is what our current circular firing squad of a human race is hell bent on doing.

And meanwhile, there are short sci-fi tales to lessen the pain."

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A thoroughly modern genre – the eco-thriller
Sue Knight’s second book, Waiting for Gordo , published
this year by Fantastic Books Publishing , is billed as an eco-thriller. I’m not
entirely sure what that is but I know it doesn’t do justice to the emotional
range that this short novel evokes. It’s lau...

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Out of Africa? The Midrashim
Elaine Hemingway is a writer with a wide and varied writing
CV. Retired now, she spent many years in Africa and was once a regular contributor
to a local newspaper with a column called Stille
Oomblik , which translates to Quiet Moment.  ‘I had to give up th...
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